U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday picked U.S. hostage negotiator Robert O’Brien as Nationwide Safety Adviser, changing hardliner John Bolton who was fired abruptly final week after clashing with the President on a number of points.
Mr. O’Brien, who would be the fourth particular person to carry the submit within the Trump administration, has served as Mr. Trump’s particular envoy for hostage affairs on the U.S. Division of State since Might 2018 and has an extended historical past in Republican international coverage circles.
“I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter.
Mr. Trump fired Mr. Bolton after disagreements over dealing with international coverage issues referring to North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Russia and Venezuela.
Mr. O’Brien is an legal professional from Los Angeles who has served as a international coverage adviser to a number of Republican presidential campaigns, dealt with plenty of high-profile authorized circumstances and beforehand served in a number of State Division positions, together with in its place consultant to the UN Common Meeting in 2005.
Mr. Trump lately dispatched Mr. O’Brien to Sweden for the court docket listening to of U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky, who was later convicted for assault.
Senate Republicans praised Mr. Trump’s decide as a stable selection.
“He understands the world for the dangerous place it is. He’s got great negotiating skills as our hostage negotiator,” Senator Lindsey Graham informed reporters. “He’ll be a very sound policy adviser.”